The Feast of Pentecost – 23rd May 2021


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All are requested to join in wherever text is GREEN or when instructed by Fr. David.

Where the ✝ is shown, all are encouraged to make the sign of the cross.

Where the ✊ is shown all are encouraged to strike their breast with a closed hand following the actions of Fr. David.

Where the ✋ is shown all are encouraged to tap their breast with an open hand following the actions of Fr. David.

Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire,
And lighten with celestial fire;
Thou the anointing Spirit art,
Who dost thy sevenfold gifts impart.

Thy blessed unction from above
Is comfort, life, and fire of love;
Enable with perpetual light
The dullness of our blinded sight.

Teach us to know the Father, Son,
And thee, of Both, to be but One;
That thorough the ages all along
This may be out endless song.

Praise to thy eternal merit,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.       Amen.

Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. ✝

And blessed be his kingdom, now and forever. Amen


From Easter to Pentecost:

Allelulia. Christ is risen!

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia


In Lent and other penitential occasions:

Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins;

His mercy endures for ever.

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.


Let us pray:

Almighty God, to whom all hearts be open, all desires known and from whom no secrets are hidden: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

This prayer is omitted during Lent and Advent:

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth.  Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.  Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father.  Amen.

 Holy God, holy and mighty ✝, holy and immortal, have mercy on us.

O God, who on this day taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


A reading from the Book of Ezekiel:

The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?” I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.”

So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.” I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.

Then he said to me, “Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.’ Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken and will act,” says the Lord.

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God

Psalm 104

Benedic, anima mea

25 O Lord, how manifold are your works! *
in wisdom you have made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.

26 Yonder is the great and wide sea
with its living things too many to number, *
creatures both small and great.

27 There move the ships,
and there is that Leviathan, *
which you have made for the sport of it.

28 All of them look to you *
to give them their food in due season.

29 You give it to them; they gather it; *
you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.

30 You hide your face, and they are terrified; *
you take away their breath,
and they die and return to their dust.

31 You send forth your Spirit, and they are created; *
and so you renew the face of the earth.

32 May the glory of the Lord endure for ever; *
may the Lord rejoice in all his works.

33 He looks at the earth and it trembles; *
he touches the mountains and they smoke.

34 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; *
I will praise my God while I have my being.

35 May these words of mine please him; *
I will rejoice in the Lord.

37 Bless the Lord, O my soul. *

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

When the day of Pentecost had come, the disciples were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs– in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”

But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

`In the last days it will be, God declares,

that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams.

Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
and they shall prophesy.

And I will show portents in the heaven above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and smoky mist.

The sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.

Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ “

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God

All stand for the Acclamation and Gospel reading.

Alleluia! Alleluia!
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
And kindle them in the fire of your love.

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to:



Jesus said to his disciples, ”When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.

“I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because they do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

After the Gospel reading

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ

In Jesus’ final moments with his disciples, he once again reminds them of his imminent departure.  He has been preparing the group for his return to his Father, ever since he initially gathered them.  Some may call it denial, while others are genuinely curious, as to why the disciples never seem to understand what their rabbi is trying to impart to them.

In the text from John, Jesus also announces that they are not going to be alone when he leaves, because he is sending the Advocate, the Spirit of Truth from the Father, to guide them in their continuing ministry.  None of the disciples speak during Jesus’ last discourse, and he acknowledges that their hearts are filled with sorrow.  Jesus, the all-knowing Messiah, is well aware that the disciples do notunderstand what he is saying, nor do they want to hear any more about his leaving. After all, it has been a tough season for all of them; they are still processing all that they have seen and experienced since Good Friday. They were overwhelmed by his disappearance from the tomb, and his reappearance in the Upper Room, where they were holed up out of great fear.  God, in his infinite wisdom, will not leave them cowering and hiding indefinitely.  Indeed, the Advocate is coming to provide them with the courage to speak the truth about the life and ministry of Jesus.

We are living in a time in which truth-telling is as critical as ever. The Spirit of Truth is a gift that has been given to every Christian disciple. The Advocate continues to live and dwell among us, and yet many of us act as though we do not recognize the Advocate and we do not know the Saviour.

Certainly, the last year-and-a-half has been very difficult. The world has been battling dual pandemics that were both deadly and extremely stressful. COVID-19 swept through the world, and impacted us in dramatic ways. At certain points, the nations were divided on the appropriate response to treatments and cures.  There were lockdowns, and we were asked to shelter at home for weeks, and then months. Some protested the closing of businesses and the suspension of normal life. Churchgoers became increasingly frustrated as in-person services were suspended.  People protested that going to church ought not to be denied, even in the face of a highly contagious virus.  On the other hand, some pastors and theologians urged us to stop to consider what God was trying to sayto the world in a time in which we were being urged to slow down, sit down, and wait for the still voice of God to give us new direction.

At the same time, the other pandemic, the deadly plague of racism swirled through the world like the cyclone in the Wizard of Oz.  The death of George Floyd was monumental, and the response was both passionate and massive.  The Advocate, the Spirit of Truth, gave to many of the silent majority the courage to speak up, and to demand that the world be a better place. There was admonition that the status quo was no longer acceptable.  The Advocate, Jesus said, was sent by the Father to help all disciples – including you and me – to speak truth to the world.  Wherever we see injustice, we are duty-bound to address it!

Jesus, before he was taken up to heaven, called his followers “friends”, and released all from the second-class role of servant, thus creating a pathway for a society that is equitable. Additionally, we are all equal, and Jesus wanted that message delivered to the world so that we might love one another.

Our faith in God gives us three magnificent gifts. God promises us the gift of eternal life if we will believe and follow.  At funerals, you will often hear, “Though he were dead, yet shall he live.” Jesus gives us the gift of love.  He personified love, and urged us to love each other as he loves us. Beyond human love and intimacy, Jesus gave us agape love, unconditional love, that can only come from God.  The Holy Spirit then descended to bind us forever to the love of God, and the presence of the Lord.  The advocate came to encourage us to devoutly, and unapologetically speak the truth to a world desperately in need of truth-telling. The truth is we are all divinely created in the image of God.  People of colour have an equal right to live in the world without fear of loss of life, at the hands of those who have a perception that they have little value. If we are ever to attain an equal society, we must reckon with the sin of racism, and eradicate it from our lands. This pandemic tears at the fabric of the world to which God calls us. Let us embrace the Advocate, and with great courage proclaim the good news, that God is love, and that we all have an invitation to share in the beauty, and wonder of God’s enormous capacity to hold us close.

When we feel innately loved, we are much more likely to extend that love to others, including strangers, our neighbours, and especially those who do not look like us.  Whenever it becomes difficult to determine how to share the love of Christ with others, go back to the basics, the parables, and review the lessons that Jesus shared with us. Think of the Good Samaritan who showed such compassion for the injured stranger on the road. Think of the woman at the well, who went to get a jug of water for cooking and feeding the animals, and instead received the gift of grace, that washed away her sins, and cleansed her soul. Think of the love of the resurrected Jesus, who loved us so much he was willing to die for us, and take away our sins forever.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, on this Feast of Pentecost, let us with gladness receive the holy and everlasting gift of the Advocate, who guides us to be our very best selves. We can exude the light of God, because the Advocate strengthens us.  So, proclaim the truth from the rooftops and the mountaintops and down in the valleys where people are hurting – proclaim that Jesus Christ is alive and lives in us.  Help those who do not yet know Christ, discover that he loves them and will never abandon them!

In the end, we will never need a wizard or a magician, to trick us into believing what we already know in our hearts and minds: We are loved by God, and our mission is to go out and spread that love, both in our own communities and right across the world. When we are unsure where we are going, or how we will be received, we are led to lean on the Advocate, who will provide the strength that we need to heal a broken world.  Amen.

Please stand for the Nicene Creed.

Let us together affirm the faith of the Church. ✝

We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven:

was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary,

and became truly human.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,

who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

✝ and the life of the world to come.  Amen.

Let us pray for the world and for the Church:

In the power of the Holy Spirit that we have received by grace, let us pray

Grant to the Church strength, wisdom, and judgment through the Holy Spirit…

We pray for the welfare of your church here on earth; guide and govern it by your Spirit, so that all Christians may be led in the way of truth, and hold the faith in the unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in the righteousness of life.

We ask your blessing on Vsevolod our Bishop, on this, our parish of St. George – for its work, its worship, and its witness.  We pray particularly for Fr. David in his ministry to us, and for all members of our congregation, be they near or far. 

Release in your people the power of the living witness to the whole world, fulfilling your command to those who seek to follow you in truth.

Lord in your mercy – Hear our prayer.

Have mercy on a world where there is often speech without communication, relationships without love, and where people are separated by barriers of race or nationality…

We pray for the leaders of the nations of this world, and especially for the King and Government of Thailand, and also in the countries from which we come. 

We remember in particular the people of India and the Holy Land, Myanmar and Northern Ireland, Ukraine, Afganistan, and Latin America.

Grant wisdom to those in authority in every land, and give to all people a desire for righteousness and peace, the will to work together in trust, to seek the common good, and to share with justice and equity the limited resources of the earth.

Send you Holy Spirit to show men and women their true needs and teach them to live together without fear.

Lord in your mercy – Hear our prayer.

Grant us right judgment in our families, friendships, and work…

May we know your presence in every situation…

We pray for all who are prevented from or persecuted for practicing their faith, especially for Christians in North Korea, China, Pakistan, Iran, Sudan, and Nigeria. We pray for our fellow Christians both here in Thailand and also in our own home countries.   

Give us the grace to reflect your love in care for those with whom we share our lives.

Lord in your mercy – Hear our prayer.

Breakthrough the darkness of unhappy lives with the light of your healing and guidance…

We pray for those who suffer; the sick; the poor; the depressed; the lonely; the unloved; the persecuted; the unemployed and those who care for them. Those who grieve; and those who have nobody to pray for them.  

We remember especially at this time those who find it necessary to self isolate who may be known to us, and the difficulties this will inevitably produce.

Have mercy on those who have never known you.  Redeem and restore those who have lost the faith they once had.

Lord in your mercy – Hear our prayer.

Have mercy on all who suffer in body and mind….

We remember all those whose lives have been touched by the COVID 19 pandemic; particularly for all those here in Pattai-Ya whose livelihoods have been destroyed; where so many depend on the hotel and hospitality industry, now given added urgency as the outbreak increases in intensity.

Amongst the sick we remember;

Fr. Tom, Robert, Colin, Mavis, Patricia, Ron, Eric, Kent, Graham, Elizabeth, Conrad, Isabelle,  Jun, and any others known personally to each and every one of us… 

Give them trust in your goodness and help those who minister to them.

Lord in your mercy – Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who now rejoice in the perfect knowledge and unclouded vision of your nearer presence.

We pray for all who have died in the hope of the resurrection, and for all the departed, especially the millions who have died in the COVID pandemic.

We remember particularly all whose anniversary falls at this time…..

May we who know and worship you imperfectly here come at last unto that same eternal light.

Lord in your mercy – Hear our prayer.

May our prayers be worthy to stand in the pure light of the Holy Spirit.

Grant that what we have asked in faith we may by your grace receive, through Jesus Christ our Lord.


At the conclusion of the prayers the priest says:

Almighty God, who has promised to hear our prayers.

Grant that what we have asked in faith we may by your grace receive, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.


God is steadfast in love and infinite in mercy, welcoming sinners and inviting them to the Lord’s table.

Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith, confident in God’s forgiveness.

Merciful God, our maker and our judge, we have sinned against you in thought, word and deed, and in what we have failed to do: we have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves; we repent and are sorry ✊ for all ✊ our sins ✊, Father forgive us, strengthen us to love and obey you in newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

**(Note: all are encouraged to strike their breast 3 times following the lead of Fr. David as he utters the words: ‘sorry for all our sins’)**

Almighty God, who has promised forgiveness to all who turn to him in faith, pardon you ✝ and set you free from all your sins, strengthen you in all goodness and keep you in eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


The congregation stands.

We are the Body of Christ.

His Spirit is with us.


The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.

Please greet each other with a sign of peace.

Spirit of mercy, truth and love,
Shed thy blest influence from above,
And still from age to age convey
The wonders of this sacred day.

In every clime, by every tongue,
Be God’s eternal praises sung;
Let all the listening earth be taught
The acts our great redeemer wrought.

Unfailing comfort, heavenly guide,
Still o’er thy holy Church preside;
Still let mankind thy blessings prove,
Spirit of mercy, truth and love.


Blessed are you, God of all creation. Through your goodness we have these gifts to share. Accept and use our offerings for your glory and the service of your kingdom.

Blessed be God forever.

 Let us pray

We do not presume to come to your table, merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in your manifold and great mercies.  We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under your table, but you are the same Lord whose nature is always to have mercy. Grant us, therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of your dear son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that we may evermore dwell in him and he in us.  Amen.


The Lord be with you.

and also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give thanks and praise.

Father, we give you thanks and praise through your beloved Son Jesus Christ, your living Word, through whom you have created all things; who was sent by you in your great goodness to be our Saviour.

By the power of the Holy Spirit he took flesh; as your Son, born of the blessed Virgin, he lived on earth and went about among us; he opened wide his arms for us on the cross; he put an end to death by dying for us; and revealed the resurrection by rising to new life; so he fulfilled your will and won for you a holy people.

Proper Preface

Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we proclaim your great and glorious name, for ever praising you and saying:

Holy, holy, holy Lord God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest. ✝  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest.

Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness; grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit, and according to your holy will, these gifts of bread and wine may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ; who, in the same night that he was betrayed, took bread and gave you thanks; he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take, eat; this is my body ✝ which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave you thanks; he gave it to them, saying: Drink this, all of you; this is my blood ✝ of the new covenant,

which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it,

in remembrance of me.

Great is the mystery of faith:

Christ has died:

Christ is risen:

Christ will come again.

And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross, his perfect sacrifice, made once for the sins of the whole world; rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension, and looking for his coming in glory, we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.

As we offer you this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, we bring before you this bread and this cup and we thank you for counting us worthy to stand in your presence and serve you. Send the Holy Spirit on your people and gather into one in your kingdom all who share this one bread and one cup, so that we, in the company of [N and] all the saints, may praise and glorify you for ever, through Jesus Christ our Lord; by whom, and with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father, for ever and ever.


Let us pray with confidence to the Father, as our Saviour has taught us:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

O Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.  

O Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

O Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant us peace.

**(Note:  All are encouraged to tap their breast three times following the example of Fr. David as he utters the words ‘…have mercy, …have mercy and …grant us peace’)**

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread.

This is the Lamb of God ✝, who takes away the sins of the world;

Happy are those who are called to his supper.

Lord, I am not worthy ✊ to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.

**(Note:  All are encouraged to strike breast following the example of Fr. David as all utter the words ‘not worthy’)** 

After Communion the celebrant and the congregation say


Let us pray.

Father of all we give you thanks and praise that when we were still far off you met us in your Son and brought us home. Dying and living, he declared your love, gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory. May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life; we who drink his cup bring life to others; we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world. 

Keep us in this hope that we have grasped; so we and all your children shall be free, and the whole earth live to praise your name.

Father, we offer ourselves to you as a living sacrifice through Jesus Christ our Lord. Send us out in the power of your Spirit to live and work to your praise and glory.

The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord: and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit ✝, be amongst you and remain with you always.


Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:

In the name of Christ.  Amen.

Holy Spirit, come, confirm us
In the truth that Christ makes known;
We have faith and understanding
Through your promised light alone.

Holy Spirit, come, console us,
Come as Advocate to plead,
Loving Spirit of the Father,
Grant in Christ the help we need.

Holy Spirit, come, renew us,
Come yourself to make us live,
Holy through your loving presence,
Holy through the gifts you give.

Holy Spirit, come, possess us,
You the love of Three in One,
Holy Spirit of the Father,
Holy Spirit of the Son.


Here is the music for this week’s hymns, if you would like to practice beforehand.

Performed by Fr. David Price

NOTE: The introductory music is Chorale Prelude: Heut’ triumphiret Gottes Sohn (BWV 630) – Bach.